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What are the worst college hazing stories? From being sexually assaulted using knives, pens, and household tools, to being forced to consume deadly amounts of controlled substances, to being locked in a room with excrement, here are the worst, most brutal college hazing rituals reported from all around the United States. Brutal sorority and fraternity hazing rituals can happen anywhere, as this list in Rolling Stone reveals. Some of these may have happened to your own friends and family. 

These are 14 scary hazing stories indeed. For funny hazing stories click here.
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Alexandra Robbins, author of the book "Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities," spent a year undercover and witnessed one incident where the pledge class had to answer trivia questions and drink straight vodka when they got the question wrong. Not too bad, right? Just a normal, run-of-the-mill drinking game (involving minors), right?

If they got enough wrong, though, they were presented with a Sharpie (what is it with these things), a knife, a hammer and a d***o, with the threat that one of those objects would violate them.

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8 people just voted on Raw Liver, No Teeth

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This is a vintage piece with about as much panache as any modern-day hazing ritual.

In 1959, the pledges of Kappa Sigma had to swallow pieces of raw liver (each as big as a club sandwich) soaked in oil without chewing.

Richard Swanson was not successful in swallowing the liver and after his fourth try, the liver lodged in his throat forcing him to be taken to the hospital.

The attendant in the ambulance, however, did not know about the liver and Swanson died at the hospital less than two hours after he began choking.

I repeat: two hours of choking. Needless to say this liver-swallowing is not so widely practiced anymore; instead people just stick to ruining their own.
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Saltwater and Rotten Food, Yum!

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In 2009, a frat at Dartmouth college was dinged for driving blindfolded pledges off campus and making them drink shots of salt water before entering a kiddie pool full of condiments and vomit. One pledge, Andrew Lohse, claimed that he was forced to eat an omelet made of vomit before chugging a cup of vinegar. 
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Exercises in Feces and Urine

Exercises in Feces and Urine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 24 Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals
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There's nothing that says brotherly love more than f***s and urine. Although it is said that many frats force their pledges to drink urine, few documented examples beyond just hearsay have surfaced with discreet details (at least as far as college hazing rituals go... military hazing rituals are a whole OTHER can of worms).

An incident took place at Hartwick College where pledges of Alpha Chi Ro were forced to carry f***s-covered rocks through a forest and do push-ups and up downs in urine-soaked garbage. It's worse than it sounds.

The garbage also contained glass and dirty diapers.

The basement was in the house of Peter Torabkhan, who along with two other guys were charged by state police at Oneonta with first-degree hazing (a criminal offense nowadays).

Another man, Yury Pertsovsky, who was not a student at Hartwick, was also charged with second-degree aggravated harassment for making threatening phone calls to the freshman who reported the incident.

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Drinking Two Gallons of A Drink Called "Death"

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A brother known as the "pledge father" says, "We want to see you down this stuff, balls to the wall."

And then you start chugging a spicy and thick drink known as "Death" before you don't-die-but-almost-feel-like-dying for about 5 hours.

Each pledge of Lambda Phi Epsilon, a historically Asian fraternity, must drink about two gallons worth of this time-honored concoction (probably a mixture of ketchup and Tabasco sauce).

This usually takes about 4 to 5 hours for everyone to finishing drinking, then puking, then drinking some more. Click here for more information on this delicious, popular, new drink.
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Water Overdoses

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When somebody goes to college and dies from a WATER overdose, you know they've really missed out on the whole college experience. This is exactly what happens at a fraternity hazing ritual at the State University of New York.

In March 2003, Walter Dean Jennings III was pledging Psi Epsilon Chi when he was forced to drink numerous pitchers of water, often to the point of vomiting. He ended up drinking so much that his brain swelled and he died from water intoxication. That's right, there's such a thing.

21 students were punished by the university and 13 were charged with crimes that included criminally negligent homicide.

Another incident of water intoxication took place in 2005 at California State University Chico (the classiest of the CSUs).

Matthew Carrington and a friend were pledging the Chi Tau fraternity when they were doused with gallons of cold water and powerful fans blew cold air on them.

If that wasn't enough, they were forced to do calisthenics while standing on one foot and drink several gallons of cold water. As any normal human being would do under such extreme conditions, Carrington collapsed.

He unsurprisingly had hypothermia and brain swelling from water intoxication, and died two hours later. Oh, and this was during the Winter semester.

After all was said and done, no need to worry, as the cold-hearted "brothers" were brought to justice.
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Public Body-Critiquing Assembly

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Another humiliating case reported by Alexandra Robbins was a woman who was forced to stand on a bench in front of an entire fraternity, completely exposed.

When she got up onto the bench, the fraternity would give public critiques by yelling out the parts of her body that needed "work".

After talking to one of the women that endured this type of scrutiny and humiliation just to become a part of some social group, she said, "This happened in the '90s and almost a decade later she still had emotional scars."
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TFW You Accidentally Beat Someone to Death

TFW You Accidentally Beat Some... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 24 Most Brutal College Hazing Rituals
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Five frat members were arrested for murder after making a blind folded pledge carry a 20 pound bag of sand while they "speared" him by running into him headfirst as if they were performing tackling drills. After the student passed out they brought him inside and did an Internet search on his symptoms before FINALLY taking him to the hospital. The student died a day later from a brain injury.